GE Appliances, a Haier company Principal Program Manager-Small Appliances in Louisville, Kentucky

Job Location

USA, Louisville, KY

Job Posting Title

Principal Program Manager-Small Appliances

The Challenge

This Small Appliances team manager programs position is an integral role in the development and implementation of projects to develop stylish and reliable countertop appliances with superior performance for GE Appliances, a Haier Company. The position will closely interact with sourced suppliers along with the GEA sourcing, quality, and commercial teams to understand all consumer cues to design and produce new and innovative products that lead the market. The use of skilled engineering analysis and judgment with a strong desire to exceed customer expectations in every way is paramount to position success.

What you will Do

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Function as a program/design manager responsible for developing products for sourced small appliances.

  • Develop the Program Management Organization to support multiple product developments with the growth of Small Appliances in the GE Appliances House of Brands.

  • Drive GEA program deliverables through supplier manufacturing organization, leading supplier discussions and the product development relationship to ensure the product meets all requirements laid out in the product technical specification.

  • Identify, elevate and/or mitigate program risk items to product performance, cost and quality, program cost, factory readiness, regulatory or commercial requirements, which could impact program delivery.

  • Lead business communication during program reviews or other requested program interactions.

  • Lead the suppliers to develop and execute program schedules which incorporate: Design and development activities; Developmental build timing; Evaluation cycles; Certification and regulatory requirements; Factory integration and ramp up; Distribution timing; Commercial and customer requirements; Assist in the generation of Product Technical Specifications

  • Manage overall program within the Investment and Expense budget.

  • Lead manufacturers to root cause & develop corrective actions for product improvements.

  • Assist in scoping exercises for upcoming new products, as needed.

  • Evaluate competitive products through teardowns, testing, and analysis of competitive landscapes.

  • Pursue continuous learning opportunities to improve Program Management skillset.

What you need to Succeed


  • BS degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, or equivalent

  • Self-starting leader with 7 or more years of engineering experience with excellent verbal & written communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a global environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to schedule and manage multiple projects in parallel.

  • Advanced computer skills - high proficiency in Microsoft products and ability to grasp new systems quickly.

  • Strong project management and analytical/problem solving skills with demonstrated ability to scope and analyze cross-functional problems to generate/implement solutions.

  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing requirements during the development process.

  • Ability to travel internationally (15% or less)

Desired Characteristics:

  • MS degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, or equivalent

  • Experience with 3rd party agencies and certification, such as UL

  • Working knowledge of LEAN principles

  • Experience in ice/water; cooking

  • Foodie

  • EEDP Graduate

GE Appliances is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.